These lovely springtime relatives to poppies are some of the first wildflowers to appear. These pictures were taken from March 19 through April 14, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA. They thrive at the edge of the hardwood forests. The flowers open during the day, close at night, and last for a short time.
The flower comes up alone with the leaf wrapped around the stem. As the flowers fade, the leaves open. If you pick a Bloodroot flower, you’ll notice the sap stains the skin a yellow/orange. Some people can have a mild reaction to the sap but most folks won’t.
The roots are poisonous and should not be eaten.
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